Cool Head Helps Kuchar Prevail

Cool Head Helps Kuchar Prevail

Lance Bennett has been caddying six years for Matt Kuchar and describes his boss as having "the perfect demeanor for golf."

If the world didn't learn that at last month's Masters, after Kuchar overcame a four-shot deficit on the back nine to get into a temporary tie for the lead (he finished two shots out of a playoff), the St. Simon's Island, Ga., resident showed the golfing establishment Sunday that he has the mental resolve to win on a big stage.

Kuchar says he tries not to think too much about becoming an "elite player." But for a glorious four-day period at The Players Championship, and especially the finish line on Mother's Day, nobody in golf's deepest field did a better job of performing like one. Kuchar was the most composed when the pressure valve was at its highest.

He won The Players, rising to a career-best No. 5 world ranking in the process, by never succumbing to the enormity of the moment. In a back-nine race that had as many as five players within two shots of the lead, Kuchar took everything that Rickie Fowler and a host of challengers could throw at him.

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